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Victor Powell December 5, 1906 – May 1, 2005

Victor Powell, prominent musician and teacher, died May 1, 2005, at his home in Sneden’s Landing, N.Y., at the age of 98.Victor was born on Dec. 5, 1906, in the home of his grandfather, Michael Paggi, an early entrepreneur in Austin, Texas.In 1934, Victor married Mary Louise McDaniel, of Austin. They moved to New York, where Victor was assistant organist and recitalist at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. He moved from New York City to Rockland County in 1944, and worked at Grace Episcopal Church in Nyack. Later he went to the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in Pearl River, completing his service at the Tappan Reformed Church. He retired in the 1990s.Victor continued to perform publicly until weeks before his death. Until recently, he was an examiner for the American Guild of Organists and was the original author of the AGO Choirmaster’s Examination. Victor played his last church service on March 6. He is best remembered as a beloved teacher and mentor for many musicians.Victor was a skilled trout fisherman; he seldom returned home without a full creel of brown trout for the table. He also loved the game of bridge, enjoying duplicate tournaments. In later years, he played bridge with friends.He is survived by a son, Ernest, of Austin and Ruidoso, Texas; two daughters, Helen White of Diamond, Ohio, and Robyn Fleenor, of Glenwood Springs; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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